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Jacqueline Everett : Poetry

The Finish Line

Carole Bromley writes "....written in response to my challenge .... my personal favourite of all the poems submitted this time .... is by Jacqueline Everett who happened to be in Boston the day before the bombing. All the details, place names, the briefly flowering magnolias, the very American "Finish Line", the "hydration tents" ready for the marathon, little details like the precise statues and the Freedom Trail marked in red transport us to the spot in a way that someone basing their poem on a newspaper report could never do. And those falling petals like "waxen tears" are perfect. Lovely poem."

Resurrection at Benson (Homage to Stanley Spencer's Resurrection at Cookham)
Amy Newman writes "This feels alive (such a fun word to use in this context, in light of Stanley's resurrected villagers). A kind of celebratory elegy that engages the energy of Spencer's visionary, imaginative melding of fact and is energized by the poet's imagination. I admire the lines that open each stanza, for example: "Long may they dance on their graves" and "Long may they dance in the spring," as a kind echo of commemoration in the midst of these resurrected, lively dancers, so vividly "garlanded in black eyed pansies,/ broken vertebrae liver spot brown,/ cataract milky blue" against the oncoming lines as they leave "the warm embrace of the slow foxtrot/ behind in the wooden hut, stiff/ with the smell of creosote and sweat". There is a delicious pleasure even in the strange idea of the dead returning in a kind of old-fashioned dance on terra firma. The mix of the content and the lively language (the dancers now "throwing back the rounded turfs/ splitting apart after a dry winter,/ toes touching, hop skipping") reminds me of the joyful quality of William Carlos Williams' "The Dance" after Breughel's Kermess, another ekphrastic pleasure. Spencer's Resurrection at Cookham features that central leafy green foliage around which the resurrected move, and I love the way that Everett works with this vegetation in the "quadrille of beech and ivy," in "the lovers drunk as lords tumbling with joy/ into the watercress beds on their way home." Such delightful, descriptive language is a joy to read."

Spring, A Sestina

In the Beginning

Monticello , Virginia

Dancing with Neil Armstrong

The sonnet The Grünewald was long listed for the Poetry Competition 2014.

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